There is much concern in the full article about how the Chinese are using the specter of jihad to crack down on dissent against the regime. And that may be. But it wouldn’t mean that there is no jihad to establish an Islamic state for the Uighurs. “China police target online ‘jihad’ talk amid rumour crackdown,” from Reuters, October 8:
Oct 8 (Reuters) – Police in China’s Xinjiang region are cracking down on people who promote jihad online, state media reported on Tuesday, amid a nationwide campaign against internet rumours that activists say is a blow to freedom of speech.
Sprawling Xinjiang is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, many of whom harbour resentment of what they see as Chinese repression of their culture and religion. Some are campaigning for a separate Muslim state and there have been incidents of violence.
Xinjiang police were investigating 256 people for spreading “destabilising rumours” online, the Xinjiang Daily newspaper said. Of those, 139 spread rumours about jihad, or Muslim holy war, or other religious ideas. More than 100 had been detained….
Authorities frequently detain and arrest Uighurs for activities that they say extol religious militancy and ethnic separatism. But the latest crackdown is linked to a nationwide campaign against online rumours….
Some of those detained had filmed videos or started groups on an instant messaging site that spread militant religious ideas, the newspaper said….